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LG Chem is now solidly the battery supplier of choice for big American automakers. Last year, General Motors announced it would use LG Chem's lithium-ion cells in its homemade packs in the Chevrolet Volt. Today, Ford revealed that Compact Power, Inc. (CPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Chem, will supply li-ion packs for the 2011 Ford Focus Electric for the U.S. market. Looks like the rumors were true.

LG Chem is a Korean company, and CPI is based in Troy, MI. LG Chem announced in March it would spend $303 million to build a li-ion cell plant in Holland, MI. The first Focus Electrics will use batteries shipped from Korea, but Ford will use packs made in Michigan once the Holland plant is up and running (which is expected to be 2012). Ford will build the Focus Electric at the Michigan Assembly Plant starting in 2011. Ford is still using Johnson Controls-Saft batteries in its Transit Connect BEV and 2012 plug-in hybrid programs. LG Chem also supplies batteries to Hyundai-Kia.



[Source: Ford]

PRESS RELEASE

FORD SELECTS COMPACT POWER AS LITHIUM-ION BATTERY PACK SUPPLIER FOR FORD FOCUS ELECTRIC ON SALE IN 2011

* Ford selected Compact Power, Inc. (CPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Chem, as the supplier of lithium-ion battery packs for the 2011 Ford Focus Electric for the U.S. market
* CPI, based in Troy, Mich., will begin battery pack assembly for the Focus Electric next year and is finalizing production site selection in the U.S. The lithium-ion cells initially will be manufactured in Korea by CPI parent company LG Chem. LG Chem and CPI will be localizing cell production at their new site in Holland, Mich.
* Ford Focus Electric production will begin in 2011 at Michigan Assembly Plant; the car will have a targeted full-charge range of up to 100 miles with zero tailpipe emissions
* Ford's broad-based electrification strategy includes the introduction of five new electrified vehicles by 2012 in the U.S., including the Transit Connect Electric, Ford Focus Electric, two next-generation hybrid electric vehicles and a plug-in hybrid electric

DEARBORN, Mich., July 13, 2010 – Ford Motor Company today announced it has selected Compact Power, Inc. (CPI), a subsidiary of LG Chem, to build lithium-ion battery packs for the Ford Focus Electric, which will go on sale in the U.S. in 2011.

The Focus Electric battery packs will leverage CPI and parent company LG Chem's deep expertise in advanced flat format lithium-ion cells and advanced liquid-cooled modules and battery management systems.
"CPI is an emerging leader in the lithium-ion battery field and we are pleased to have them as a strategic supplier as we prepare to bring the Ford Focus Electric to market," said Sherif Marakby, Ford director, Sustainable Mobility Products and Hybrid programs. "We are moving aggressively with our electrification strategy and our work to help make Michigan a center of excellence for a range of electrified vehicles."

CPI, based in Troy, Mich., will begin battery pack assembly for the Ford Focus Electric next year and is finalizing production site selection for the U.S. The lithium-ion cells for the packs will initially be sourced from Korea through LG Chem. LG Chem and CPI will be localizing cell production at their new site in Holland, Mich.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Ford on their new battery electric-powered Ford Focus," said Prabhakar Patil, CEO of CPI. "It tells us we are on track in developing high-power and high-energy lithium-ion batteries that the industry needs as it moves toward the electrification of vehicles that lessen our dependence on foreign oil."

The cells will incorporate LG Chem's proprietary chemistry and its industry-leading safety-reinforced-separator technology that provides unparalleled safety performance.

Focus Electric will have a targeted range of up to 100 miles per full charge with zero tailpipe emissions. It is one of five electrified vehicles Ford is bringing to market in the U.S. in the next two years. These include the Transit Connect Electric, a small commercial van in 2010; Focus Electric in 2011; two new lithium-ion battery-powered hybrids; and a plug-in hybrid in 2012.

Focus Electric, a full battery electric passenger car, will be produced at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., which will begin producing gasoline versions of the all-new 2011 Focus later this year.

Ford previously announced plans to invest $550 million to transform Michigan Assembly Plant from a large SUV factory to a modern car plant to build the new Focus and Focus Electric. The plant also will produce a next-generation hybrid and a plug-in hybrid in 2012. All of the vehicles will be built off the company's new global C-car platform.

This complements Ford's overall strategy to establish a center of excellence in Michigan for electrification of a broad range of vehicles, including lithium-ion battery-powered hybrids, plug-ins and pure electric vehicles. Ford is committed to delivering electrified vehicles as part of its overall vehicle portfolio designed to deliver both the fuel efficiency and the performance customers demand.
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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 176,000 employees and about 80 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln andMercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010, and, until its sale, Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.

About Compact Power, Inc.
Compact Power, Inc. (CPI) is a North American subsidiary of LG Chem, one of the world's largest producers of lithium-ion batteries for automotive hybrid electric vehicles and non-automotive (commercial and military) markets. The company was formed in 2000 in the United States and is headquartered in Troy, Mich., at the heart of the automotive industry. CPI's mission is to become the supplier of choice for lithium-ion battery technology. To learn more about CPI, please visit: www.compactpower.com
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      • 4 Years Ago
      To bad the car manufacturers cant come up with something like a universal battery so it could just be swapped out at a gas station/battery station cause that would make electric cars more marketable to people who fear they would run out of battery power on longer drives. I like the focus and the 2012 focus looks even better having it be electric would be cool to have, depending on price that is or if it would ever show up in dealer showrooms like the fiesta lol kinda lame its been so long now and there still not available to buy
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome! Let the revolution begin!
      • 4 Years Ago
      @paulwesterberg

      You are out of touch. The 2011 Focus is significantly different than the current version that the existing prototype is based on, and will be available as a hatchback and as a sedan. Look it up and get back to us with your apology :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's too complicated and not good enouph and this car will never be sold to a customer, not this year and not in 2011.
        • 4 Years Ago
        clipsinite, you must be new here. Gorr is our number one eccentric, he thinks AutoBlogGreen is some sort of shopping channel, and he really believes that if he keeps asking, then someone will make him a dream car that runs on water, is faster than a Tesla Roadster, and is cheaper than his old Dodge Neon.

        This is one of his milder posts, wait until you see him post in full kookscreed mode!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where else can you shop for a green car ? It's easy to shop here in advance because the top engineers from big car compagnies read in secret everything written by bloggers here because they represent the cream of futur consumers and normal consumers are plain boring anyway. Official car engineers and managers want to find out if consumers know that they are fooled by them with bad and overpriced crap cars because each criminal always return on the crime scene, then they read what is written here and even pay some bloggers to write against free non-polluting hydrogen gas.

        Consumers shopping in official car dealerships or watching ads on tv's programms or official car manufacturers websites are shopping in the past which is the trend i reversed some years ago, now we shop in advance for a better car then the craps actually on sale. This trend have provoked a huge economic downfall for the car manufacturers like for exemple toyota losing money for the first time since 70 years and gm going bankrupt before receiving 35 billions from u.s taxpayers, etc.
        clipsinite
        • 4 Years Ago
        Too complicated? It's less complicated than a hybrid. On the consumer side, I think people are used to charging their electronics. I don't think people will mind having to charge their cars. They charge everything else that runs their lives (e.g. cell phones, laptops, shavers).
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is great news for Ford and for anyone that wants to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But they need to get these Focus Electrics on the road as soon as possible, with as high a build quality as possible. The EREV/BEV market is starting to build late this year and the first 2 or 3 large automakers to the table will be getting a huge advantage over the latecomers. One other problem is the pack size, it is only 23 kWh, less than the Leafs 24 kWh. The Focus is also 2" longer and 1.5" wider, which means it is probably heavier as well. The Leaf gets around 75 to 80 miles real world range. The Ford Focus Electric will probably get less. This would be a great time for a car maker to bit the bullet and come out with a realistic estimate of what the range will be on their electric cars. GM doesn't have as much of this problem due to the range extender, but BEV makers will have to start to get real on their AER statements.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also current ford focus has a drag coefficient of 0.32, while the leaf is more slippery at 0.28 so the leaf will be more efficient when traveling at highway speeds.

        Ford would be better off using a hatch like the Ford Focus ECOnetic, but they like to use bulkier sedans so they say they are "best in class" which really means: best in a class of deliberately handicapped vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1 kWh in battery capacity will only marginally affect range by 4-5 miles at the most. Pretty much insignificant.

        As far as vehicle weight, the Leaf is based on the Versa which has essentially the same curb weight as the Focus. The Leaf is reported to weight at around 3500 lbs. I expect the Focus to come in the same ballpark.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford could take a lot of steam out of Nissan's Leaf launch by announcing more details on the upcoming Focus EV such as estimated launch date, etc. Right now Nissan has just about entire market, though I'm sure there are some people who are cross-shopping the GM Volt.

      I for one much prefer the looks of the Focus (especially the Euro model they had on Leno's show) and would prefer to buy from a domestic manufacturer if the rest of the specs are essentially the same.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah. I've sort of given up on Ford when it comes to the Focus EV. With a Leaf reserved, I guess the two Focii in my driveway now will be my last. It's a shame, but that's what Ford gets for pissing around.
      • 3 Years Ago
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